Hunter Mourned; Search Continues For 2 Others

GILBERTSVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Search crews were back at Kentucky Lake on Monday looking for two young hunters missing since their boat took on water during a sudden storm more than a week ago, killing one teen who was buried Sunday.

Family and friends of Trevor Williams, including his football teammates at Mayfield High School, attended the 18-year-old's funeral at the school's gymnasium, The Paducah Sun reported.

The football players wore their jerseys and letterman jackets.

Williams was one of four duck hunters who fell overboard Jan. 10. Still missing are 18-year-old McKenzie Stanley, a senior at Mayfield High School, and 17-year-old Jacob Scott, a senior at Graves County High School. A fourth hunter in the boat, Tyler Heathcott, was rescued near shore.

Marshall County search and rescue squad chief Carl Curtner said Monday that searchers had to contend again with blustery conditions that at times have slowed the search.

"We can't control Mother Nature, and sometimes she wants to reach out and grab us and say `Let's stop for a minute,"' Curtner said in a phone interview.

The search involved more than 120 people and about 16 boats Sunday. Searchers using sonar and underwater cameras have covered more than 500 acres of water so far, Curtner said.

"We just nip away at this thing, piece by piece, and clear certain areas of our grid and then we have to expand it out," he said.

Relatives have kept a lakeside vigil as the search has continued at the recreational haven in western Kentucky.

Curtner said divers are dispatched whenever the search equipment
indicates a "point of interest."

"This isn't the Bahamas, where we can just ... go out and free dive all day long," he said. "These are treacherous waters, and this lake is basically nothing but woods that have been flooded. It's what we call black-water diving. The visibility in front of the divers is 6 to 12 inches at the maximum."
Information from: The Paducah Sun,

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